CHILDREN’S SOCIAL CARE RECOGNITION AWARDS
Nominees & Winners
We received over 150 nominations for staff and teams and we found it exceptionally hard to identify winners amongst all the entries.
All nominees received a certificate and the winners were announced at an awards ceremony on earlier on this year
at Himley Hall.
Congratulations go the following social workers for completing their ASYE year:
Team of the year
Corbyn Road Admin
Corbyn Road Reception
Assessment Team 1
Care Management Pod 2
Leaving Care Team
Children in Care Team 3
Winner: MASH Team
“The MASH TEAM is multi professional. All partnership staff work in a pressurised environment and never stop working hard to make the right decision for child and families. Timescales are met (for the most), each partner is committed, each member of staff is committed, the child's voice is key to making decisions. The team was rated ‘Good’ last Ofsted visit.”
Support worker of the year
Jo Smith (Hanks)
Winner: Jenni Fennell, Intensive Family Support Worker
“Nominated for two awards Jenni completes 1-1 work with children and families in the ART Team (Adolescent Response Service.) Her commitment to maintaining children's safety, their dignity and positive outcomes goes above and beyond.
Jenni regularly works unsociable hours; late at night and weekends to get the best results and puts the service she offers before herself.”
Lead/team manager of the year
Winner: Rebecca Vaughan, Team Manager
“Rebecca has shown perseverance throughout a very difficult and challenging time in Care Management, her dedication to her team is second to none. Rebecca is committed and has embraced the improvement journey, taking on board advice and guidance from Audits and Training.
Rebecca is proactive with supervision, has positive performance within her team and is a very valued member of the team.”
Business support officer of the year
Winner: Heather Heywood and Lisa Woodhouse, Panel Admin
“Both (heather and Lisa) are very helpful and provide the team with consistency during a time of change. They have helped to cover the roles of the Admin Assistant which for much of the last 12 plus months has been vacant or filled temporarily and has continued to provide excellent service to the Adoption Team during huge uncertainty for the team in general.”
Working with young people in the community award
Winner: Dudley CVS
“The CVS team continue to work above and beyond to support children and families in the Dudley area.
The team is driven and passionate about the work they do and are making a real difference to the lives of young people”
Foster carer(s) of the year
Eileen and Wilf Matthews
Lee Salton and James Mclaughlin
Laura and Paul Parker
Lorraine and Andy Butcher
Emma and Scott Hammond
Mitch Jeavons and Nicola McFarlane
Tracey and Nick Jowett
Kath and Chris King
Winner: Lee Salton and James Mclaughlin
“Their commitment to the children in their care is evident; they offer a very high standard of fostering care. In addition they pay an important role in supporting other foster carers (day care and buddying) as well as in furthering the inclusion agenda (vulnerable groups).
They have had an active role in fostering our recruitment campaigns and have helped to raise the foster carer profile in Dudley.”
Social worker of the year
Winner: Emma McCarthy
“Emma is a newly qualified worker and always goes above and beyond to support the family's she works with and staff within her team. Emma faces the challenges of the job head on.
She has demonstrated commitment to the children she works with and has maintained consistently good relationships with the families she works with; in often difficult circumstances, and has shown that she is resilient, resourceful, conscientious and above all, has passion for the work that she does.”
Extra mile award
Jo Smith (Hanks)
Winner: Christine Nobel
“Chris is the Connexions advisor that is linked to the Care Leavers Team. She works exceptionally hard to support the team and the young people we refer to her. She is resilient, always cheerful and goes the extra mile for the young people. She has high aspirations for care leavers within Dudley.
She is a brilliant advocate for them and regularly challenges stereotypes held by other professionals. She is always on the look-out for new initiatives and is creative when trying to support young people into training and employment. Chris is a valued part of our service and without her, our team would not be as effective.”
Strategic director’s award
Winners: Tipton Road Residential Care Home Staff
“Sometimes our commitment to putting children first can be evidenced in the most extraordinary ways. Richard Nigel, Jeff and Lynne are all members of staff at Tipton Road Children’s Home caring for some of our most vulnerable children.
In the recent snowy weather Richard walked for three and a half hours to get to work with his colleagues carrying out similar feats of endurance.”
Special recognition award
Winner: Russell Savage, social worker
“Russell has been given this award for his work with a very troubled young woman. Ultimately his commitment led to him being thanked by the young woman for saving her life after he physically stopped her from jumping from a car park roof and then being with her and supporting at a time that she thought all was lost.”